By passing the Child Victims Act, New York has provided victims of child sexual abuse, who were once too old, to seek justice and compensation from their abusers and the institutions that harbored them. The civil claims can be filed no matter how long ago the abuse happened. This law can be especially useful for child victims of Boys Scout sexual abuse.
Background of Boys Scouts Sexual Abuse
The Boy Scouts of America files have revealed a pattern of abuse by a certain group of men. In 2012, the L.A. Times published an article revealing shocking data from files that had been locked away for decades by the Boy Scouts of America. The veil was lifted on decades of confidential sexual abuse allegations in the ranks of the Boy Scouts with the court-ordered release of more than 1,200 of the organization’s “perversion files.”
The Perversion Files revealed an unprecedented look at how suspected molestations were handled by one of the nation’s leading youth organizations from the early 1960s through 1985, a time when awareness of sexual abuse was evolving rapidly. These sexual predators took advantage of the innocence of children and/or enticed them with illegal sexual activities.
The child victims who were once unable to file civil claims to seek justice, now have the legal capacity to file civil suit and seek justice under the New York Child Victims Act.
What the Child Victims Act Means for the Boys Scouts
The Child Victims Act allows survivors of child sexual abuse, including those sexually abused by Boy Scouts leaders, until the age of 55 to file a civil lawsuit against their attackers and the institutions that protected them. Criminal felony charges can be sought until the victim is 28 years old and misdemeanors can be filed until the victim is 25 years old.
The law also allows the victims of child sexual abuse a one-time “look back” window of opportunity to file civil claims where the statute of limitations has already passed. This means regardless of how long ago you were sexually abused, you are able to file a civil lawsuit for one year after from when the law is passed.
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If you or a loved one is the victim of child sexual abuse, you need to know how the Child Victims Act can help you get the justice you deserve. For more information or to better understand how this law can help you, please call our professional help center at 212-385-4410.